The first Internet-connected (IoT) NHL home scoreboard

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Design 1st client Fantasy Scoreboards Inc., discovered Internet of Things (IoT) product development experience key to project turnaround, 50% cost reduction, and on-time delivery.

Design 1st, a major Internet of Things (IoT) product design company, released a case study that chronicles the lessons learned during the development of the first Internet-connected home scoreboard.

The founders of Fantasy Scoreboards Inc.had a vision to bring a real-time NHL score-tracking experience into sports bars and homes, where hockey fans could follow game scores through a wall-mounted Internet-connected display that streams all of the score and game data from the arena scoreboard. They then learned first-hand the challenges of bringing an Internet of Things (IoT) product to market.

After selecting a couple of organizations to assist with the product creation, their project became disjointed, filled with delays, and plagued by more cost increases than their business model could permit.

With little time to spare, Fantasy Scoreboards Inc. engaged Design 1st to turnaround the complex project.

“After a costly false-start with another design and development company, we came to Design 1st and they quickly got us back on track. Their IoT experience saved us.” - Will Nault, Co-Founder

By following a predictable development process, the IoT scoreboard progressed from design to a market-ready
product in only a few months.

  • Project delivered in half the usual industry design time: After a complete design restart, the scoreboard was shipping units within five months.
  • Production cost slashed to 50%: A complete redesign, new components, and a new manufacturing process yielded huge cost reduction.
  • A reliable product that performs: A new IoT architecture overcame the original design flaws; the new product easily handles real time streaming data volumes and enables complete cloud-based control and firmware updating.

The Fantasy Scoreboards Inc. is now in production and can be purchased at

The lessons learned from this IoT product development project are included the the full case study, available at

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Over the past 20 years, Design 1st has helped create over 500 new products and contributed to over 130 patents, making them one of the largest, most experienced product design firms in Canada. Their industrial design, engineering, electronics, software, and manufacturing setup experts work as a unified team to help startups and large corporations transform ideas quickly into winning hardware product solutions.

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